June 17 in Cardinals History

1971– Don Kessinger goes 6-for-6, stroking five singles and a double. The Cubs leadoff hitter’s perfect performance at the plate contributes to the team’s 7-6 ten-inning victory over the Cardinals at Wrigley Field.

 

Birthdays

Matt Kinzer (1963) made his major league debut with the Cardinals on May 18, 1989. He played the next season with the Detroit Tigers and ended his career with an 0-2 record and a 12.30 ERA. Kinzer is the only person to have played for both the Detroit Lions and the Detroit Tigers, causing him to be nicknamed the Detroit Liger

Manuel Lee (1965) was  signed by the Cardinals on April 18, 1995. He made his Cardinals debut on April 26, 1995 against the Philadelphia Phillies at Busch Stadium. Lee earned a hit in his first, and only Cardinals at-bat, as he left the game in the fourth inning due to an injury. The Cardinals sent Lee to the minor leagues for a rehab assignment, where in 12 games, he hit .308, however, St. Louis released Lee on June 22. Lee announced his retirement shortly after.

 

Debuts

Walter Marbet 1913

Charlie Niebergall 1921

Marshall Bridges 1959

Andy Van Slyke 1983